Apply to be a 4-H Health Hero!


The Ohio 4-H Healthy Living program provides youth with the opportunity to represent 4-H and promote healthy living in their communities. 4-H Health Heroes promote healthy eating, encourage people to engage in physical activities, and promote positive community change. Additionally, 4-H Health Heroes help Ohio 4-H accomplish the goals of the National 4-H Healthy Living Mission Mandate, which encourages youth and families to gain optimal physical, social, and emotional well-being.


  • Gain valuable leadership and communication skills
  • Meet other 4-H youth from across Ohio who are invested in healthy living
  • Leave a positive impact on your family, friends, and community
  • Promote the 4th H!
  • Be recognized at the 2019 Ohio 4-H Conference in March


  • Be currently enrolled in 4-H and in grades 7-12 at the beginning of the 2018-2019 academic school year.
  • Be available to serve as a 4-H Health Hero from September 2018 through August 2019 (option to renew membership).
  • Attend and actively participate in an all-day training session and periodic meetings in your local area (see training dates and locations below).
  • Be interested in learning about healthy eating, leading an active lifestyle, and other health-related topics.
  • Be excited to teach others about nutrition, physical activity, mental health, and drug prevention.
  • Be responsible and trustworthy.
  • Be passionate about making a difference in your community.
  • Keep up-to-date on 4-H Health Hero activities by consistently checking and responding to communication from Extension staff in a timely manner.
  • Record activities conducted as a 4-H Health Hero and report to Extension staff.
  • Actively share the message of Healthy Living within your local 4-H clubs and/or school clubs.
  • Model healthy eating and physical activity to family, friends, and 4-H members.

2018-2019 Local Training Dates (choose one to attend)*

  • Central OH – September 29, 2018 at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus
  • Northwest OH – November 3, 2018 PENDING
  • Southern OH – February 2, 2019 at Canter’s Cave near Jackson
  • Northeast OH – We are currently trying to recruit an educator to serve as the regional contact in this area. Please still feel free to apply, however we may not have a training scheduled in this area for this year. 

*We recommend attending a training located near you. You will be working with a local Extension Educator.

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Applications for the 2018-2019 year are due September 15, 2018.


In addition to the requirements above, youth in grades 9-12 will have the opportunity to take on additional responsibilities to serve as a state-level Health Hero. More information will be given at the local trainings.

Additional responsibilities of a state-level 4-H Health Hero include:

  • Participate in face-to-face (in Columbus) and virtual meetings.
  • Complete teaching and/or advocacy activities promoting healthy living at the state level and/or in your community.
  • Participate in state events, such as the Ohio 4-H Conference, The Ohio State Fair, HealthU, new Health Hero trainings, and/or any other events identified by Extension staff.

For more information, please contact Katie Riemenschneider at the State 4-H Office ( or 614-688-2801.